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What Makes Us Evil?

Delving into the darker side of our race. What makes a human being become evil? What defines the evil?
by Nicholas Bc Shumate
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First lets throw some light on the concepts of good, bad and evil. What we call as good is when one party irrespective of his own agenda chooses to do things that can benefit others or refrains from doing things that can harm others. Opposite of this behavior is bad and the extreme opposite being evil. But why is being good, good for us? Simply because when everyone behaves the same way, we can expect less destructive behavior from our peers and can live in harmony.

But are we supposed to live in harmony? Evolution, the force behind our existence, requires every life form to prove its fitness by maximizing its access to resources and competing with every other life form. The best strategy to maximize ones access would be to share when confronted with an equal contender and dominate others. Since no two life forms are equal (genetic variation) there are partnerships when apt, exploitation when possible and all the corner cases of evil playing out now and then. Just as expected.

The indoctrination of good, bad and evil by means of culture, religion, law, etc. tries to minimize this phenomenon for a sustainable society. But however hard we try evolutionary forces still reign supreme. We are just another milestone in the evolution of life and are meant to be superseded by better beings just like monkeys before us and the countless many before them. This is the way of nature!
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 9 years ago Edit
You might want to check out this post in 'Philosophy for Life' -
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Jeffrey Harrison White, Contributor - 8 years ago Edit
@nicholas this reminds me of the "psychohistorians" from Isaac Asimov's Foundation books.
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Alistair Riddoch, Contributor - 8 years ago Edit
@Jeffrey - YES - one of the best books to help understand the phases/evolution of society.
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Alistair Riddoch, Contributor - 8 years ago Edit
@Nicholas re: history predicting the future, reminds me of Noah's Ark, and the threat of global climate change back in the AD. And makes me wonder whether there are 600,000,000 people (christianity) in the world, who by indoctrination since birth, have been led to believe (brainwashed) in their hearts, that it is possible to flood the earth, and it is possible for mankind to cause it. Cont...
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Its sad that we have started to romanticize and lust for fire power, arms and ammunition at a public level or at least the mass media is forcing these emotions into us.

Many television / cable channels commonly recommended for kids and adolescents now air programs depicting weapons and tools of war as the coolest stuff to posses and experience. How can we allow this to happen to our young (highly impressionable age groups) and complain about violent behavior / gun violence in schools and colleges? Whats this hypocrisy? Aren't weapons just a necessary evil to defend ourselves? Why are we boasting our military technology in mass media? Whats this new found lust for destructive gear and tools?

Is this all part of the 'War Propaganda' to prevent common backlash against ongoing wars by ordinary people (tax payers) funding these wars? This is a surprising trend in the past few decades to which mass media is playing host and common man is falling prey to! Even more surprising is how democratic countries are encouraging and falling prey to this conjuring indoctrination by wicked back stage forces!

Governments don't care! Leaders care less! But its important for the common man to remember that - 'No body ever wins a War! Everyone loses!'. When the mind and heart of the average Joe gets corrupt, families disintegrate, communities falter, nations tremble and empires fall.
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Alistair Riddoch, Contributor - 8 years ago Edit
I'm not so sure we are starting to romanticize about weaponry. I've seen some artifacts from earlier ages that would suggest our bloodlust is at least becoming somewhat more civilized. and before violent video games with gunfire and explosions and death, there was cops and robbers, and cowboys and indians and army games played with wooden or plastic guns as kids. (in between picking flowers and playing with kittens)
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Alistair Riddoch, Contributor - 8 years ago Edit
maybe we notice more as adults than as kids, and it seems to us adults that our kids are different than we were.